China: HIV/AIDS Activist Released From Detention

SUMMARY

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) forwards the following action alert update from Amnesty International.

On September 20, HIV/AIDS activist Dr. Wan Yanhai was released after almost four weeks in detention in the People's Republic of China. He had disappeared on August 24 and was imprisoned on August 25. Dr. Wan wishes to extend his deep gratitude to all those who expressed their care and concern for him.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UPDATE
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 17/048/2002

20 September 2002

Further information on UA 273/02 (ASA 17/043/2002, 2 September 2002) and follow-up (ASA 17/044/2002, 6 September 2002) - Possible disappearance/ Fear for safety/Incommunicado detention

PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA Dr. Wan Yanhai (m), aged 38

Dr Wan Yanhai was released on 20 September, reportedly after confessing to illegally leaking state secrets and agreeing to cooperate with police in the investigation. He said he was not harmed in detention and was in good health. The HIV/AIDS activist had gone missing around 24 August and was held in custody by the Chinese authorities from 25 August.

Amnesty International will continue to monitor his case closely. No further action by the Urgent Action network is required at present. Many thanks to all those who sent appeals on Wan Yanhai's behalf.